The late great Maya Angelou is the face of the newly minted quarter-dollar coin introduced by the United States Mint. The celebrated author and poet who famously wrote about her troubled early life in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings had a tough start to life, but ended up being one of the most esteemed thought leaders in modern history, also serving as a mentor to Oprah Winfrey.

The new coin is the first in a series featuring prominent women in American history. Astronaut Sally Ride, Native American Chief Wilma Mankiller and Chinese-American actress Anna may Wong are just a few of the new faces that will be minted on our quarters in 2022. Angelou is the first African-American women to be featured on a US quarter.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), along with Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) introduced the bipartisan bill that made the so-called American Women Quarters Program possible.

The Maya Angelou Quarter

What do you think about seeing more people from different backgrounds on the face of money?

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Markette Sheppard is an Emmy award-winning TV host, children's book author, marketing executive and founder of Glow Stream TV. Follow her online @markettesheppard and @glowstreamtv.

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